About a month ago I agreed to be added to a pool of folks for a fabric swap and be randomly paired with a swap partner. We were required to exchange any piece of fabric from our stash. We were to sew it up in any way we felt best represents us and our esthetic. This group thing is bringing forth some serious sewing mojo out of me. Because, I need, absolutely need, human interaction, not just online contact. Combined with Periscope, this group provides the interaction of an IRL sewing group. Okay, I think I have done my fabric justice, as well as made my swap partner proud. I present to you #thegreatfabricswapsmt finished garment.
To my “fabric swap” partner, Kimberly: Thanks very much for the fabric.
I admit, I was apprehensive about working with this chiffon, with hopes I could produce something that would give it life beyond your imagination. I had an idea immediately when I laid eyes on it for a shirt dress. But, as I began manipulating it and considering my options, I decided that a shirt dress would make the fabric a little too “business” and take away from my style choices of “fun and frills”. I wanted some type of frills added in to soften the hard stripes while at the same time maintaining its true nature. So by juxtaposing them with chevrons and ruffles throughout, I felt I was able to get that fun feminine look with an obvious “manly” print. Something, I learned, is normally a fashion faux pas. The fashion world is not my go too place for making decisions to fit my own since of style and taste. There just may be too many limitations for me. So, thank you for challenging me to think outside the box.
|OOps…forgot to hide the bra straps.
The pattern is Vogue 1245 made into a dress. I cut a size medium and lengthened it in the bodice by 1.5 inches and about 16 inches on each flounce/peplum piece. All seams are french, and the hems are all machine rolled.
The neckline and the waistline are finished with a banded channel for the drawstrings, which I cut on the crossgrain to give it a contrasting affect. I really like how that came out.
Until next time, you can always find me hanging out at Periscope.tv/Sewtofit. What skirt design and underlay would you have chosen?
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